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adjective shy pronunciation in British English /ʃaɪ/ 
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  1. 1
    nervous and embarrassed in the company of other people, especially people who you do not know

    Archie was shy and awkward.

    I'd love to meet her but I'm too shy to introduce myself.

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shyly

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Kevin and Ashley smiled shyly at each other.

shyness

 shy pronunciation in British English  noun [uncountable]

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